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hi guys, i haven't posted in a while but need some pointers..
i had a recent small crash.
i smashed into my buddy at about 25mph.. direct hit.. my front tire to his back tire.
he was stopped.
anyways.. i pushed him forward a few feet where he wobbled over and fell... and went for a superman over my handlebars. and my bike fell over...
no one was hurt, we had all protection on..especially me...
anyways.. the real peculiar thing is this....

he had bis bike looked at at a shop, and they totaled his bike saying his rear rim was bent, swing arm had alot of stress fractures...im really shocked at this...
in reality that would mean my bike must have even more damage right?
how can i tell if my forks are bent? they aint leaking, plus i looked at where the tripple tree is and didnt see anything cracked or anything...
can someone point me to where i should look for a crash such as this?
i been riding it since then, and it seems fine.. if the forks were bent, i would feel it right?
and there are only so many places cracks will show up on the frame...
maybe his bike had those problems already.. he bought it used...

any pointers?
 

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move your forks up in your triple tree and spin them. Then take them completely out and hold on to the wider part of the fork and spin the inner tube while looking down at it.
While spinning the fork your looking that is it just spinning straight.
Also while your doing the part with the triple tree your checking to see if the sleeve is binding anywhere.

I had a big off last year and that is how i checked mine.
 

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Tough one, now if it was 25mph into a curb or wall, then yes, expect to be bent stuff up front, but since it was tire to tire, I think the tires absorbed a lot of the impact...The physics of it makes sense to me, but who knows, maybe someone else can chime in on this.

And it's amazing that a shop can total out a bike for having a bad swingarm and rear rim. Now that is more puzzling than the no damage to your front end.
 

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oh yes ill pull out my forks tomorrow and twist them...

honestly.. it may have been even faster then 25mph...
its a little hard to judge cuz the accident happens so fast...
it was partially my fault as i was checking out a hot girl at the bus stop. and he was stopped in front of me..

when i was flipped over the handle bars, the whole i was thinking, wow, my bike is all messed up... but the only damage i seen was just the plastics from when it tipped over...
the tires HAD to have absorbed alot of the impact. but for the dealer to tell him that his rear wheel was bent and cracks in the swingarm... i mean.. surelly my front tire would have to be bent and i would feel that on the highway...
there are only so many places the front of my bike can suffer a stress fracture... i would imagine the forks would be bent before a weld would crack.

but in my defense... it was a hot girl..

ill pull the forks tomorrow and twist them...
 

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Insurance companies "total" crashed bikes not bike shops. The bike shop should have tried to sell your friend a new swing arm and wheel. "Totaled", as I've always understood, was when the cost to the insurance company to repair the damages totaled more then the bike was worth. You could take a bike that was run over by a steam roller to a bike shop and they would replace every damaged part for you if you asked them to. It would cost probably a hundred thousand dollars or more.

If you didn't hit hard enough to blow your tire, you didn't crack his swing arm. Just my opinion though.

It sounds to me like your friend is trying to get you to buy him a new bike.
 
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